Gansler Goes On Offensive

Attorney General Doug Gansler made a final push Monday to publicly pressure Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown into testifying today at the General Assembly, when legislators will look into the possibility of emergency legislation to retroactively insure Marylanders who could not sign up due to glitches in the state’s online health-care exchange.

“In order to fix the problems we have to know how this happened,” said Gansler, a Democrat who will face Brown in a June gubernatorial primary.

Pointing to reports in yesterday’s Washington Post, Gansler criticized the state’s selection of a North Dakota-based contractor to launch the site and demanded Brown disclose how the $170 million provided to Maryland for the launch of its exchange was used.

Telling news conference attendees at his campaign headquarters in Silver Spring that he and running mate Jolene Ivey would have handled the rollout differently, Gansler said the issues he has are with the handling of the rollout, not with the Affordable Care Act policies.

Brown’s campaign quickly released a statement in response.

“Once again, Doug Gansler sounds just like a Republican attacking health-care reform,” said Justin Schall, Brown’s campaign manager. “Instead of working with the legislature and the governor’s office to offer practical solutions, he is simply trying to score cheap political points to further his own political ambition.”

As of last Friday, only 20,358 Marylanders had used the exchange to enroll in private plans.

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